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If the Buddha Got Stuck: A Handbook for Change on a Spiritual Path
     

If the Buddha Got Stuck: A Handbook for Change on a Spiritual Path

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by Charlotte Kasl
 

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Zen and the art of getting unstuck . . .

Perennial favorites, Charlotte Kasl’s If the Buddha DatedIf the Buddha Married and If the Buddha Had Kids have inspired readers with their empowering balance of spiritual and psychological wisdom. This wise yet lighthearted book extends on Dr. Kasl's trademark

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Zen and the art of getting unstuck . . .

Perennial favorites, Charlotte Kasl’s If the Buddha DatedIf the Buddha Married and If the Buddha Had Kids have inspired readers with their empowering balance of spiritual and psychological wisdom. This wise yet lighthearted book extends on Dr. Kasl's trademark insight to speak to anyone who's ever experienced being stuck in life. With her signature clarity, wisdom, and wit, she presents seven simple yet profound steps on the path to change: Notice Where You're Stuck; Show Up; Pay Attention; Live in Reality; Connect with Others, Connect with Life; Move from Thought to Action; and Let Go.

Full of insight from Buddhist and other teachings that emphasize the joy that comes with letting go of fears and attachments, If the Buddha Got Stuck is an inspirational and practical roadmap to a happier, more peaceful, and more fulfilling life.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"Buddhism offers a gentle... understanding of being stuck and getting unstuck," writes Kasl (If the Buddha Dated), referring to a variety of stubborn problems that can interfere with life, including feeling intractably "bored, scared, protective, petty, exhausted, afraid or unfulfilled." In 60-plus brief chapters featuring discussions and therapy-type strategies deeply rooted in Buddhist teachings, Kasl guides readers on a journey of self-discovery. She begins by inviting them to notice where they are stuck, and then asks them to simply "show up" to life with a sense of "fascination and curiosity." She implores them to be mindful and to trust in the power of engaging reality directly without interpretive lenses (acknowledging difficulties in a relationship, for example, instead of making excuses). She then explores the importance of connecting with others, of acting on insights and the "ultimate step" of letting go the temporal self, an act that brings "abiding happiness." Throughout, she intersperses exercises to help readers engage the lessons more personally. Kasl's approach is compelling: her discussions are simple but never simplistic; her tone is warmly inviting but not obsequious; and her insights are both penetrating and accessible. Occasionally her supporting illustrations veer into the cheesy, but overall Kasl offers a challenging, practical and disarmingly effective approach to getting out of life's ruts. (Jan. 4) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
"If the Buddha Got Stuck provides a roadmap to freedom and greater possibilities.... Encouraging, practical, beautifully written." ---Laura Davis, author of I Thought We'd Never Speak Again

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101200438
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/04/2005
Series:
Compass
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
426,022
File size:
489 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher
"If the Buddha Got Stuck provides a roadmap to freedom and greater possibilities.…Encouraging, practical, beautifully written." —Laura Davis, author of I Thought We'd Never Speak Again and coauthor of The Courage to Heal

"Charlotte Kasl's new book overflows with insight, humor and eminently practical suggestions." —Anita Doyle, former Director of the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center, Missoula, MT

"If previous attempts to work with your life from a western philosophical or psychological perspective encountered gaps...[consider this] your bridge." —Rowan Conrad, Ph.D., Director, Open Way Mindfulness Center

"If The Buddha Got Stuck, brings perspective, inspiring stories, and useful exercises to feel less overwhelmed by life's difficulties." —Lisa M. Najavits, Ph.D., Associate Professor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School and author of Seeking Safety: A Treatment Manual for PTSD and Substance Abuse

Meet the Author

Charlotte Kasl, Ph.D., a practicing therapist and nationally recognized workshop leader for more than 20 years, has had lifelong connections to feminism, Buddhism, Quaker practice, and Reiki healing. The author of several books including Finding Joy, she lives in Lolo, Montana.

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If the Buddha Got Stuck: A Handbook for Change on a Spiritual Path 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Seekerpilgrim More than 1 year ago
Buddhism, especially Zen, can put most people off, with all the talk of non-being and such conundrums as the sound of one hand clapping, so what is needed is a simple explanation of how Buddhism isn't a religion but more of a philosophy. Charlotte Kasl does does just that, with only the occasional step into subject matter that I found a bit too nebulous. "If The Buddha Got Stuck" is the perfect book for those who feel like they can see a path, but can't quite walk it, or those who have lost their direction, realizing they aren't quite were they want to be in life or feeling miserable because they ARE where they wanted to be in life and discover it's not what they really need. Broken up into bite sized chapters with the occasional suggestion on certain meditations and exercises, Charlotte uses plenty of modern examples, usually through experiences with her therapy patients, to show that Buddhism is actually quite simple, and it's simplicity it what can help cut through the noise of the world and out mind to help bring us back to basics. There are times when I feel she drifts into processes and metaphors that are a little too New Agey, but for the most part she is very grounded in the here and now...which is precisely what Buddhism is all about.
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This is a simple yet dynamic book to help you get unstuck in your life. I definitely recommend.
YogibearDD More than 1 year ago
Start anywhere just start. An excellent air brush of clarity for the struggle :whatever struggle you think you may be in. It is calming, gracious and directive. NOT a sissy handbook, but a wakeup maual to validate, experience, and go back to again and again. I was surprised there were no reviews, but then again, this is a hard one to attach words to....
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